How do I get my motorcycle license?

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The grid below outlines the requirements that vary from state to state: age limits, training requirements, whether you need any kind of permit, and whether you’ll need to take a written and/or skills test.

Note that it doesn’t outline the paperwork and documents you’ll need to present during your application process. This doesn’t mean there isn’t paperwork involved – there is. It simply means that the paperwork also varies from state to state; so widely, in fact, it’d require a separate grid all its own. Therefore, you should be prepared to show the same kinds of license-related documents (proof of identification, proof of residence, your Social Security card, perhaps a school enrollment form or parental consent form – you know the drill), but you should also call ahead to get details.

In the grid, when you see:

  • Age, it means your state has a minimum age requirement. This is usually anywhere from 14-16 years old and is noted in the grid, but in some instances you’ll need to contact your drivers license agency to find out details.
  • Training, it means one of two things: Either your state requires you to take a motorcycle safety course or motorcycle training course in which there are certain restrictions placed on your riding freedom, or your state requires you to complete a traditional driver education or training course. Most states that require training only do so for teen applicants; be sure to check with your license officials.
  • Permit, it means your state requires you to have either a regular learner’s permit or a motorcycle instruction permit before you can get the full motorcycle license or endorsement. Some states require both.
  • Written, it means you’ll need to grab a copy of the motorcycle handbook off your state’s DMV Web site and maybe take a motorcycle practice test or two because your state requires you pass a written knowledge exam. Some states even require two written exams: one knowledge exam and one road sign and markers exam.
  • Skills, it means you’ll have to demonstrate your riding skills to an examiner.

NOTE: Some states allow applicants to substitute a completed motorcycle training course for the written and/or skills tests. This might be contingent on age. So, when you ask your drivers license agency “How do I get my motorcycle license?”, be sure to get details about this swap.

Age Training Permit Written Skills
Alabama
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Must be 14; $5 testing fee/$23 license fee.
Alaska
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Must be 16; $20 fee; vision test.
Arizona
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Must be 15 1/2; fees contingent on age and range $10-$25.
Arkansas
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Contact your local drivers license agency for information about age requirements and fees.
California
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Must be 15 1/2; $28 fee; vision test.
Colorado
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Must be 16; for fee, add $2 to basic drivers license fees.
Connecticut
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Must be 16; $40 exam fee, $15 permit fee; vision test.
Delaware
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Must already have a license; $8 fee; vision test.
Florida
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Must be 16; must have regular license; vision test; hearing test.
Georgia
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Must be 17; $10 permit fee, $25 fee for 5-year license, $35 fee for 10-year license.
Hawaii
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Must be old enough to go through the GDL process; contact drivers license officials about fees; vision test; separate signs and road marking test.
Idaho
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Must be old enough to have a regular drivers license; $3 for written test, $5 for skills test, $11.50 for instruction permit, $11.50 for full endorsement.
Illinois
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Must be 16; $10 fee.
Indiana
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Must be 15; $9 permit fee, $10 skills test fee, $75 safety course fee, license fee contingent on age and ranges $11-$21; vision test.
Iowa
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Must be 14 for permit and old enough for a regular license to get the license/endorsement; $1 per year for permit or endorsement, $25 for 5-year motorcycle-only license (or $10 if younger than 18 or older than 70).
Kansas
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Must be 16; $9 for 4-year license, $12.50 for 6-year license; vision test.
Kentucky
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Must be 18 OR have a valid drivers license; $30 fee for endorsement, $24 for motorcycle-only license; vision test.
Louisiana
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Must be old enough to have a regular drivers license; fees vary by parish but expect roughly $19; vision test.
Maine
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Must be 16; $10 fee for application/permit/license, $35 fee for photo license.
Maryland
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Must be 15 and 9 months; $45 fee; vision test.
Massachusetts
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Must be 16; $30 fee for permit, $15 fee for endorsement, $40 for license.
Michigan
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Must be 16; must have at least Level 2 regular license; $13.50 fee for endorsement; vision test.
Minnesota
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Must be old enough to have a regular license; $21 fee for permit, $11 for license without restrictions.
Mississippi
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Must be 17; $1 fee for permit, $5 fee for license if younger than 18 and $13 if older than 18.
Missouri
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Must be 15 1/2; permit and license fees vary by age and duration, be prepared to pay an extra handling fee; vision test.
Montana
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Must be 15; $0.50 endorsement fee and $40 drivers license fee if necessary; vision test.
Nebraska
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Must be 18 (17 under certain conditions); endorsement is free on a drivers license, $12.50 on a CDL; written/skills tests are conditional; vision test.
Nevada
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Must be 15 1/2; $25 testing fee if you opt for tests instead of training.
New Hampshire
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Must be 16; $30 fee for permit and endorsement (each), $55 for straight motorcycle license.
New Jersey
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Must be 17; $5 fee for permit, $18 for endorsement, $24 for motorcycle license; vision test.
New Mexico
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Ages and fees vary by endorsement; contact your drivers license agency.
New York
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Must be old enough to go through the regular licensing process; fees vary based on age, license/endorsement, and previous licenses/endorsements.
North Carolina
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Must be 16; $15 for permit, $1.75 for endorsement; vision test.
North Dakota
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Must be 14; $5 fee for each written/road test, $8 fee for endorsement; vision test.
Ohio
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Must be 15 1/2; $19.50 fee for permit, $23 for license, $25 for training; vision test.
Oklahoma
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Can be younger than 16 with restrictions; $4 fee for application, $4 fee for endorsement, $21.50 fee for license; vision test.
Oregon
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Must be 16; $23.50 fee for permit, $87 fee for license; vision test.
Pennsylvania
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Must be old enough to start the regular licensing process; $10 fee for permit, $31 fee for license; vision test.
Rhode Island
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Must be old enough to own a regular drivers license; $25 fee for permit, $25 fee for endorsement; no additional testing after training course.
South Carolina
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Must be 15; $12.50 fee for 5-year license, $25 fee for 10-year license; vision test.
South Dakota
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Must be 14; $8 fee each for permit/license; vision test.
Tennessee
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Must be 15; $20.50 fee for motorcycle-only license, $38 fee for regular license with motorcycle endorsement; vision test.
Texas
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Must be 15; $15 fee for exam, permit/license fees vary by age and type of license; vision test.
Utah
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Must be 16; $9.50 fee for endorsement, $32.50 fee for motorcycle-only license if younger than 21, $27.50 if older than 21; vision test.
Vermont
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Must be 16; $7 fee for permit/test, $2 fee yearly added on to regular license fees for endorsement.
Virginia
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Must be old enough to already possess at least a regular learner permit; $3 fee for permit, $2 fee yearly added on to regular license fees for endorsement, $6 fee for motorcycle license; vision test.
Washington
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Must be 16; $5 fee for permit/test, $25 fee for endorsement.
West Virginia
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Must be 16; $5 fee for permit, $1 fee yearly added on to regular license fees for endorsement, $6 fee for motorcycle license, fees for motorcycle-only license vary by age.
Wisconsin
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Must be 16; $32 fee for permit, $15 fee for skills exam, $22 fee for license/endorsement; vision test.
Wyoming
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Must be 15; $23 fee for permit, $23 fee for license/endorsement; vision test.
Washington DC
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Must be old enough to already have a regular drivers license; $44 fee for new drivers license with motorcycle endorsement.

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